CTMH Australasian Sweet Girl Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Sweet Girl Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Creating with Kara Davies then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Sweet Girl Featured collection.

This card has a concertina centre that allows you to add extra stamped images or setinments. And it’s a bit of a surprise when it’s opened.

This card is very simple to make. Using one of our CTMH card bases you will need a strip of patterned paper 4 1/4″ x 12″. If you have a direction pattern you need to decide which way your card orientated (landscape or portrait) to determine which way it should go.

The score along the long side at 3″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 7″, 8″, 9″. And then fold into a concertina. Alternating Valley and Mountain Folds. See my diagram below.

The squares are 1 3/4″ of cardstock with a 1 1/2″ square of White Daisy cardstock for the stamping. My stamping was done with the S1905 Best Friends May Stamp of the Month in Charcoal Ink. And the carefully coloured using watercolour pencils, with some gentle blending with the water brush.

This exclusive Sweet Girl Paper Collection is available until the end of August. Below are some art works made by our amazing CTMH Art Department.

The Sweet Girl Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $56.  There is also a Deluxe Workshop Kit for $81.50. Individual components, or even a card workshop, can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. These are pictured below.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here on my website.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkin’s Blog. Happy Blog Hopping.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.


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My Favourite Products from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogue

May has started with a bang and boy has it been crazy, I’ve had no time to blog. I’m sorry. At the end of the email I’m sharing a video of some albums I’ve completed.

I’m back here now and thought I’d share with you some of my new favourite products that have come out in the New CTMH catalogue. Click here to see the full catalogue.

Funnily enough the thing that has me the most excited is the new tip for our Liquid Glass. For those familiar with this product, you’ll know that it is an awesome embellishment product (this used on top of things to create an epoxy resign type look, gives a beautiful almost glass like look on things). But it is also a very strong glue. The down side to the packaging of the product is the applicator tip – it can clog up if you’re not careful and needed to be unclogged with a pin. Thus bang CTMH have introduced an applicator tip that can replace the original tip. It has a thin metal nozzle, that then in the lid has a “pin” that goes down the nozzle to keep it from clogging up. I love it… it has changed my Liquid Glass using life (and I use it a lot in my projects for adhering all sorts of things – sequins, chipboard embellishments etc.)

Whilst talking glue it is with regret that I have to let you know that our Bonding Memories Fine Tip Glue is no longer available (note the broad tip Bonding Memories Glue is still available) – supplier no longer making them. So CTMH have been looking at products on the market that would be a similar dual purpose adhesive. They have added to our range the Tombow “Multi” Liquid Glue. This adhesive creates both permanent (wet) and removable (dry) bonds, just like the Bonding Memories. Goes on white and dries clear, it is photo-safe and acid-free.

They’ve also added the Tombow “Aqua” Liquid Glue. This glue creates strong permanent bond. Glue goes on clear and dries clear. Washable, photo-safe, and acid-free. Hehe… I might start sticking sequins to my daughters t-shirts with it – love washable. Both of these glues have a fine and broad tip.

Yes I am a little obsessed with adhesives. My husband can’t understand why a Crafter needs to many. But he knows not to question too much… hehehe…

Now you might be thinking at this point what about the new papers. Well yes they are beautiful – but for me it is all about the tools and what I can do with. Because there will always be lots of beautiful papers. But you can check them out here if you need to look ASAP.

So when it comes to tools I love a good die cut set. And CTMH have not failed to deliver. You can see all the new ones here, but some of my favourites are:

I have to admit that I am starting to absolutely love sequins. And with this catalogue CTMH have released a fabulous mutli coloured pack. Combine these with glue dots (yes another adhesive) they are very quick and easy to attach to any project you desire. Plus the colours add a great new addition to my shaker cards (and shaker pages).

Last, but not least, I’m loving a new page protector size and a new multi pack of page protectors. I’ve been combining these and a heap of flip flaps in my most recent albums. You can check out a video of these albums on my FB page (sorry – it’s a long one as I was very excited to share my trip from to the CTMH Utah Convention in 2017). The creative strategy behind these products is one of Stacy Julian’s brainwaves and lines up with her new “how-to” book that is now in our range.

Hope you like my new favourites (to add with my old favourites) and learned a few tips about using them. I will be back later this week with a new Blog Hop post. Yes I’ve joined a Blog Hop Group. It’s another step out of my comfort zone and so I joined an accountability group (fellow Aussie and NZ consultants who each month blog about projects they’ve created) to keep me blogging.

I’d love to hear what you think of the new products and even what sorts of things that you do to keep you accountable with what ever goals you have in life.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.


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Craft Room Make Over

Apologies for being MIA for a few weeks. But what a crazy busy Easter break we had as a family. And then I added to that a Craft Room Make Over… crazy crazy times.

I started by gutting my craft room and pulling everything out. To get a quick sneak peak at what my room looked like before go here to my FB page.

Then I re-arranged the furniture and turned my 4 seater table into a 6 seater – by adding an extra table to the length. A few modifications to my desk area and other bits and pieces.

I had a few gaps in places along the walls and needed a smaller desk (because I decided that the old one was really a dumping ground and that if I had a smaller desk I’d dump less – we’ll see how that goes).

The biggest decision I made was to not put anything back in before I at least looked through it and sorted it to some degree. I half filled the rubbish bin (in my shire in Australia these are a 80L wheelie bin) with non recyclable items. These items were also not suitable to donation or sale to others. I also 2/3 filled the 120L recycle bin. Mainly with old paperwork and things that I’d been saving for goodness knows what purpose. I have a new stash of stuff to sell at my next garage sale event. My children of course got a stash of stuff to add to their own craft room. Their craft room is the old cubby house that one weekend we turned it into their craft room. My daughter took great pleasure in painting the walls – Jackson Pollock has a rival I think. You can see the video of her creation here. Below are a few of the before photos.

As I sorted I put things away. Yes, I moved a few things around as I went, but now a week on, I’m really liking it.

I haven’t taken any photographs of it – but I did do a video. You can check it out here.

Until next time when I share with you some of the creations I’ve been making in my revamped craft room.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.


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Why I Choose Close To My Heart…

Disclaimer – this is a bit of a long one. Sorry. The first section tells you a bit about me. If you want to skip that scroll down to the where the photos start for simplified reasons…

I’ve always had an understanding of the joys and flexibility of running your own business from home. My parents still have the dairy farm that I grew up on. And I watched my parents work the business and be in control of their own success and also how they picked themselves up in the bad times. And at times my mum, a trained teacher, would go out and teach to supplement the income from the farm when times required it.

So I wasn’t adverse to running my own business. As a trained photographer I tried to run my own business photographing weddings, family portraits etc. Yet I didn’t (as a 21 year old) have the required skills to market and manage that.

So when I was asked if I’d consider being a Princess House consultant I decided to jump at the chance. Princess House was a company selling products made form crystal – ornaments, glasses, cook wear etc. I loved that they helped provide the marketing and resources and all I had to do was drive round to peoples houses and demonstrate the products. Over the years I’ve sold, by party plan, make up, jewellery, Tupperware (the later introduced me to the true potential of Direct Sales). These direct sales were a supplement to my day jobs.

As I began my family I knew that I didn’t want to do something that I didn’t LOVE and felt that it was hard work. Thus enter my life as a Papercrafting Consultant. I had a small customer base, mainly my friends that I liked to craft with. So we’d go to retreats, workshops, etc and have a great time and predominantly scrapbook the photos of our families.

In 2013 Close To My Heart came to Australia officially offering the chance to become an Independent Consultant. I feel in love with the products. Stamping, Bling, Paper and Glitter – what more could a crafty girl want? The beauty of CTMH is that they encourage you to make the business opportunity what you wish. They support you at every level – hobbiest, consultant, manager.

Reason 1 – the Product!

I absolutely love the product. I love the quality (I regularly describe it as the “Tupperware” of the paper craft world). I love the price point – I feel that for the quality you get it is reasonably priced.

Reason 2 – the Discount!

Who doesn’t love product at a discount? Not me. As a consultant I get a 22% discount on all my orders. This % goes up the more you sell each month. And for those that aren’t business minded you can still get a 10% discount as a Preferred Member. As an added bonus – as a consultant I get sneak previews of the products!

The discount was one of the main reasons I joined. But I’ve stayed for so many more.

Reason 3 – the Community!

From my beautiful customers (and most of these have become my good friends), fellow consultants, right up to the President of the Company. Everyone is so friendly and totally cares about you as a person. People are will to help you out with creative inspiration, plus extra besides (coffee dates, ears to listen to you when you need it etc). My crafty peeps are my TRIBE!! I feel loved and valued by them all.

Reason 4 – Training & Support

CTMH provides consultants with a FREE website that we don’t need to maintain in anyway. They provide lots of Promotional images that I can use on my social media, in newsletters, blog posts etc. So if life gets in the way I don’t need to be stressed about having to take create my own images.

Training opportunities – everything from Online training, including videos, and face to face training on all aspects of the business – creative and business focuses.

The creative training is my favourite. To match all the paper collections CTMH provide us with creative project instructions that we can use with our customers/classes. So you don’t need to create your own projects to use the product. That is a huge plus for me.

Reason 5 – the Rewards

CTMH love to reward us for the things that we do in our business. From little rewards – FREE products, product credits (to let me choose my own products), to more formal rewards (trophys etc), through to incentive trips. The later are my favourite. Last year I ticked off Rome from my bucket list. I earned a Mediterranean Cruise that was leaving from Rome. So I was able to extend our trip and explore the parts of Rome that I had studied at school (especially the Art). This year I am taking my mother in law with me to Argentina on CTMH. Next year I’m going to be taking hubby to Fiji. This is all for just working my business.

I certainly say that CTMH makes us feel appreciated.

If you’d like more info about starting your own CTMH journey you can go here or contact me.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.


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April Specials and Catalogue Ending

Note: I’ve added an extra special to this post that has literally been release today 15th April.

At Close To My Heart they often love to surprise us with new special limited edition product offerings mid month or even quick short sales. With 2019 being the 35th Anniversary of CTMH these Sales are popping up more often. If you haven’t already subscribed to the official CTMH email updates you can do so here. You just need to create an account and click the subscribe to newsletter box.

April is no different and I wanted to share some of the promotions with you.

The newest is the “Made With Love” collection. This comprises of a mini album workshop kit. This would be perfect for Mum, Nanna, Grandma or any important person in your life. The best bit is that the components are available separately. So the wooden album cover, stamp set, or papers can all be purchased individually.

Note the Kit comes with downloadable instructions – these include reference to Cricut Cuts. But note you can still make the album pages without a Cricut.

The next thing that has been released in a revamp of an old favourite – the Zoe Paper Collection in the CTMH Bring Back My Pack promotion. This pack has 6 sheets of paper and a 12×12 sheet of matching sticker compliments. It has been revamped to use our new co-ordinated colour range. And like the previous promotion there is a Workshop Kit option. This Kit includes instructions to make four double page layouts and six cards. There is also a matching stamp set and again all the parts can be purchased separately.

For those of you that like a fun Home Decor Project then the “Home Chipboard Monogram Project” just might be for you.

Our Monthly Specials wouldn’t be complete without the April Stamp Of The Month. Each month when you spend $82.50 on the products of your choice you are then eligible to purchase the Stamp of the Month for $8.25 (retail value $29.50, so saving $21.25). This featured stamp set changes each month.

Added – 15th April, to this specials selection is the new “Wild About Papercrafting” mini book kit. This is available until the 30th April. Great for Grandparent brag books and gifts for other people too. Love it. It uses the Something Fierce Paper Pocket Cards and Compliments.

Every quarter (4 months) Close To My Heart release a new catalogue, which means that one retires. But there is still time. Take a look here at the full catalogue/ideas book. This catalogue and the majority of the stamps, die cuts and papers will retire at the end of April.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.


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Pocket Scrapbooking Cards – extra versatile…

Lots of my Scrapbooking friends often turn their noses up at Pocket Scrapbooking Cards (in CTMH terms we call them Picture My Life Cards or PML Cards), as they think that they aren’t for them and their traditional 12×12″ pages.

But it simply isn’t so. This little pack of gold contains 24 double sided printed cards in a variety of 3×4″ and 4×6″ (caries from pack to pack). Some are landscape orientation, some portrait. Some have patterns and pictures, others have words/quotes/sayings. There are even some that are printed acetate and others that are water colour paper so that you can paint them to suit your project or photos. They come in a variety of themes and all our paper collections have a set of PML cards to match.

These PML cards make fabulous additions to all sizes of Scrapbooking pages – journalling boxes, embellishments, or even photo mats. I love to add them into layouts and use our Pocket Plus Pages to add a few extra photos.

Another use of PML cards is to turn them into cards. I did this recently with the Feels Like Home PML Cards. From one pack of PML cards, the matching compliments, some twine, gems and card bases, I was able to make 13 cards. Just like any cardmaking some are more simple – with the PML cards adhered onto a card front with a few embellishments, others I cut up and pieced together again. I’m really happy with the results. I hope you like them too.

If you’d like to make these yourself you are welcome too. I’ve included the instructions as a FREE download from my store. I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did.

Until next time

Happy Crafting


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So Much Happy

I love love love this paper pack. It’s bright colours and ease of use with a variety of themed photographs is awesome. So I just have to share this with you. It’s the So Much Happy Workshop You Way Scrapbooking Kit from CTMH.

These are the three layouts from the kit instructions, populated with photos of my beautiful children (taken in February – doing well almost up to date with my 2019 scrapbooking…. hehehe).

This kit uses a lot more of the paper pack than I first thought and thus I wasn’t able to create as many extra layouts as I thought. But I still got an extra three double layouts with some extra cardstock.

If you’d like to create these layouts you can purchase the So Much Happy WYW Kit here. I will then email you my extra instructions FREE. The instructions include all a list of the extra cardstock required, tools used, cutting instructions and copies of the photos of my layouts.

For my fellow CTMH consultants you are welcome to order the instructions file to create with your own supplies and use it to grow your own business. These can be used in a Workshop setting. Australian consultants you have the option to purchase the instructions for $10 or place an order of $30 on my WEBSITE and get the file for FREE.

Consultants outside of Australia can purchase the instructions for $10 AUD.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting


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I Heart Us Workshop

I have another Workshop Your Way extension for you all to see. So I’ve taken the original “I Heart Us” WYW, slightly altered backing papers to save lots of the lovely pattern for extra layouts and then created extra layouts of my own.

These first three are made using the original designs from the WYW Kit.

And these are the extras that I created using the left overs and some extra cardstock.

If you’d like to create these layouts you can purchase the “I Heart Us” WYW Kit here. I will then email you my extra instructions FREE. The instructions include all a list of the extra cardstock required, tools used, cutting instructions and copies of the photos of my layouts.

For my fellow CTMH consultants you are welcome to order the instructions file to create with your own supplies and use it to grow your own business. These can be used in a Workshop setting. Australian consultants you have the option to purchase the instructions for $10 or place an order of $30 on my WEBSITE and get the file for FREE.

Consultants outside of Australia can purchase the instructs for $10 AUD.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting


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How to do it all….

I get asked a lot about how do I do it all? Be mum, work part time as a teacher and still run my Close To My Heart business. The honest answer is at times I don’t know.

Take today for example – it is my one day at home with no children. Mr 3 is at Kinder for 5 hours. Happy dance. But I really have to be on top of my game in this time and not let myself get distracted. So I try to schedule my time and stop letting distractions creep in.

This was my day today – after two crazy weeks of craft expos and the CTMH Convention my craft room/office looked liked a bomb exploded. So to not let myself get distracted by the desire to clean up the mess I moved out to the dinning table and got to stare at baskets of folded washing (that my wonderful husband had folded this morning before going to work) that are awaiting my children to put them away after school tonight.

Now advance my day by about 6 hours…. I’ve done all the mum stuff and now I’m pretending to be paying attention to TV shows that hubby and I like to watch together whilst I type the remainder of this blog post. But my morning was productive. I set a timer for 20 minute blocks. It seems to make me work more focused and I work my way through my to do list. Sometimes things are perhaps being done later than I’d hope in a month. But done is better than not done! And I’ve had to train myself that I can’t always get things done as perfect as I’d really like.

I also try and batch tasks together that are similar and thus save myself time and effort (it prevents that chopping and changing of tasks that can slow you down because you have to stop and change focus – which can be really hard). I find it easy to do for example all my computer based stuff on one day, creative stuff on another day, kit prep and different day etc. It doesn’t always end up that way. But it’s a plan and something to aim for. Above all else a to do list is essential to my day and I try to write it the night before so that I’m focused for the next day.

One of the tasks I set for myself today was to unpack my convention goodies and photograph them because I want to share them all with you.

Our CTMH Convention is open to all consultants regardless of their level in the business and it’s a great chance to share ideas, participate in business and personal training and of course creative training. It’s a chance to see consultants from Australia and New Zealand and swap ideas. The team that I am in did some designated them card front swaps. With the aim of these being that we can bring them home and use them during April in our businesses. Then on top of that I had a stash of cards to swap with other consultants that I met over the weekend. I’ve labeled these random.

The other big part of Convention is the recognition. We have a big Gala Dinner on the last night and awards are given out for things like Sales, Recruiting, Leadership etc. I was presented with a beautiful trophy for being 5th in Australia for Recruiting. I’d have to say it’s one of the favourite bits of my business – sharing the love of memory keeping and teaching others how they can get a discount and/or build their own business. And I was very excited when one of my downline was award Top of Sales for a First Year Consultant. Congrats Laurie.

The biggest answer I can say to those that ask… I do it all because I love it. I am a very passionate memory keeper and I love sharing with others my passion. We always find time to do what we love. Second to my family, CTMH to me is a life I love.

If you’d like to find out more about join the CTMH family you can check it out here, or send me a personal email.

Thanks for reading if you’ve made it to the end. Sorry it was such a long one.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting


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Happy Times…

In the last week I’ve been blessed with some wonderful experiences.

Firstly, our stand at the Paper Crafting Expo on the weekend went well. Adults and children alike loved out ‘make n take’ – so it was worth the effort to prepare all the Paper Pal people. Below is my fellow consultant Chris Lothian in action teaching the Paper Pals and some of the creations that some of the kids who participated made. We even had a group of sister decide to spend their pocket money on buying some of our Paper Pal packs so that they can make them at home later. So I think I’m onto a winner with my Paper Pal birthday party idea (see last weeks blog post for more details).

Meeting new people at events like this is something I love. Over the years I’ve meet some wonderful people that have started as customers and become friends or even part of my crafty family. It’s been amazing to craft with these people and help them preserve their precious memories and celebrate life events.

Secondly I got to indulge my passion for creativity and teaching in one go. As a Consultant we are offered a very unique training opportunities – these are all generally hands on and involve lots of creativity and fun projects. This month (yesterday in fact) it was my turn to lead one of these training day and share with with crafty mates some project ideas for next months featured paper pack “Feels Like Home“. This is a beautiful monotone paper pack that you can then add your own accent colour in to the mix.

So I wanted to give you all a sneak peak of this day and the projects that we created.

These cards are an adaption of the Workshop Your Way Love At First Sight Carmaking Kit. It uses the materials and some extra stamp sets and thin cuts. I’m now making these instructions available to you to purchase. You can either purchase the full WYW kit from my website or just the instructions below.

If you’re a local customer we will be making some of these in my card classes in April. Check out my events for further information.

Until next time

Happy Crafting


Note: Some of the links go through to my CTMH website and I do get a small commission from any purchases. I thank you in advance for this as it helps me to purchase more supplies with which to create and share projects with you.

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